On game days you’ll find Akron fans throughout the city dressed in their Saturday bests. Everywhere you look, you’ll see fans decked out in blue and gold shirts, pants, shoes, hoodies, pullovers, and hats. You name it if you can put a Zips logo on it then you’ll spot it when traveling to Akron.
There is a strong passion football and a strong history of football all throughout the state of Ohio and Akron is no exception. The team was coached by the legendary John Heisman from 1893 to 1894, and you’ll even be able to stop by and take a picture with a statue erected in his honor. Akron is also only a few miles from Canton, so make sure to stop by the Pro Football Hall of Fame during your trip as well since it is a can’t miss for any diehard football fan out there.
You’ll also enjoy the experience of watching a game in one of the newest stadiums in the country when taking in a football game at Akron. Infocision Field was built in 2009 and retains the coziness of a small school stadium while also offering a sleek modern design that provides an outstanding game day experience. One of the best features of the new stadium is the grassy knoll in the end zone which is a great place to grab a few beers and lay back and take in the game. There are no field goal nets either so get ready to become an amateur kick returner every time the ball is kicked towards you.
The new stadium and strong support of the Akron faithful make the trip well worth your time as there is no doubt you’ll have a great time taking in a football game at InfoCision Stadium.
Things to check out
John Heisman Statue
Heisman was the coach at Akron from 1893 to 1894 and is honored with a statue in the south end zone. Stop by the statue commemorating this legend’s time at Akron to get the most out of your visit to InfoCision Stadium.
The team store, located on the south side of the stadium, is your one stop shop for anything Zips-related. Whether you’re looking for something to wear to the game and show off your Akron pride or a souvenir to commemorate your trip you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for here.Watch video
The grassy knoll in the south end zone seats 3,000 fans and provides a unique view of the action that you won’t find at many other stadiums throughout the country. If you’re looking to experience something a little different, that the grassy area in the south end zone is a great place to take in the game.Watch video
Speaking the language
While the team's official nickname is the Zips, the mascot is Zippy the Kangaroo. The fans refer to the stadium as the “Roo Zoo” and often refer to the team or a player as a Roo. So when the linebacker crushes a wideout over the middle feel free to refer to him as “one nasty Roo.” This will help you fit right in with the rest on the Roo spotters.Watch video
Pride of Ohio Band
At Akron games you’ll find the band makes their presence well known throughout the game. There is a great deal of pride on display when the Pride of Ohio Band takes the field, so to put it simply this band has some swagger in their step during performances.Watch video
After a Zips touchdown, the cannon inside of the stadium fires off a tremendous shot and is followed up by a train horn. The cannon and horn get the crowd especially pumped after each and every Zip touchdown, so keep your eyes and ears peeled after every Zips touchdown to experience the excitement for yourself.
Blue and Gold
Akron’s fight song played when the team takes the field, after every score, and after Zips victories.
We cheer the Akron Blue and Gold,
We cheer as the colors unfold,
We pledge anew we’re all for you,
As the team goes crashing through,
We cheer the Akron warriors bold,
For a fight that’s a sight to behold,
So we stand up, and cheer and shout
For the Akron Blue and Gold.
Zzzip! Zip go the Zippers!
Zzzip! Zip go the Zippers!
Akron U Gold and Blue,
All for you and the Zippers too!
Close beside Cuyahoga’s waters,
Stream of amber hue,
O’er old Buchtel, Summit’s glory,
Wave the gold and blue.
Hail we Akron! Sound her praises,
Speed them on the gale;
Ever stand our Alma Mater,
Akron, Hail, All Hail!